Bulldogs Host Travel Partner Golden Eagles in White Out Game
Jan. 26, 2018
RUSTON – The Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team concludes its three-game home stretch on Saturday night when they take on travel partner Southern Miss at 6 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.
After a two-year hiatus, the “White Out” game makes its return to the TAC. The first 500 fans will receive free “White Out” t-shirts.
It is also the annual Legends Day where the Athletics Department will be celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the 1987-88 Bulldog Basketball team that we Co-Champions of the American South Conference, the first year of the newly-formed league, as well as ASC Tournament champions who went on to represent the conference in the National Invitation Tournament.
The live video stream can be seen with a paid subscription to CUSA.tv. Fans can listen to the Voice of the Bulldogs Dave Nitz and Jack Thigpen call the action on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) and KRMD 100.7 FM (Shreveport) as well as on the Louisiana Tech X mobile app.
After dropping five of its first six league games, LA Tech (12-9, 3-5 C-USA) has won two in a row over North Texas and Rice.
The two starting freshmen – Anthony Duruji and Amorie Archibald – have played a huge part in picking up those home victories. Duruji, who was selected as the C-USA Freshman of the Week, averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while Archibald averaged 16.5 points and 5.5 assists per game.
The college game is certainly starting to slow down for the duo and they are getting more and more experience in big moments. Duruji has started the last seven games and is averaging 8.9 points and 4.9 boards per game during that span.
Archibald has seen his minutes sky-rocket in the last three games he has started, especially with DaQuan Bracey being injured. He is averaging 37 minutes per game and is averaging 15.3 points and seven assists per game during that span.
The opponent, Southern Miss (11-10, 4-4 C-USA), comes into Saturday having won four of its last six games, scoring at least 85 points in all four victories. The most recent victory was an 85-78 win over North Texas a week ago.
Doc Sadler has things clicking for the Golden Eagles in year four as head coach. After posting win totals of nine, eight and nine the last three years, USM has already eclipsed all those marks by having double-digit wins this season.
They have been perfect at home, winning all nine games inside Reed Green Coliseum, a place the Bulldogs will visit in the regular season finale in March. But they are only 1-7 on the road with the lone victory coming at Alabama A&M.
The Golden Eagles have been successful thanks to their four starting guards Cortez Edwards, Tyree Griffin, Dominic Magee and Kevin Holland. They combine to score 72 percent of USM’s points, led by Edwards and Griffin who average 16.2 and 16.1 points per game, respectively.
As a team, they do two things very well – take care of the basketball and turn teams over. Southern Miss leads C-USA in assist/turnover ratio (1.62), turnover margin (+5.9) and fewest turnovers per game (9.4). All three of those categories currently rank in the top eight in the nation.
Southern Miss leads the all-time series over LA Tech, 42-37. The Bulldogs have won seven straight in the series though which is the longest winning streak for either team. They have also dominated at home, having won 12 straight over the Golden Eagles with the last loss at home coming in 1968.
Twitter users can follow @LATechHoops for live in-game updates.
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